India, South Korea clinch civil N-deal

An agreement on civil nuclear cooperation between India and South Korea has been finalised and awaits signature, national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon said after a meeting between leaders of the two countries. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who met in Hanoi on the sidelines of the Asean Summit, discussed their bilateral relationship and the progress made on issues since the South Korean leader’s previous visit. “In the meeting with the South Korean president, they again reviewed the bilateral relationship and the considerable progress that has been made in the relationship since President Lee visited India as the chief guest on Republic Day,” Menon told reporters. “Since then we have agreed on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement; we have also finalised an agreement on co-operation in civil uses of nuclear energy which now awaits signature,” he added. He noted that considerable progress had been made in cooperation in civil aviation and space, and several areas. “The economic relationship too is moving forward steadily.” Ahead of the G20 summit on November 11, the two leaders also discussed issues related to the event. The South Korean president emphasised on “a system of systematic implementation of decisions” taken at the meet. The issue of Posco, the $12 billion project in Orissa that has run into problems, did not come up.

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